Taiwan Pursues Upgrades to its Tactical Missile Systems
By: John Dotson
Throughout 2020 and 2021, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has directed increasing military provocations against Taiwan in both the air and sea domains, with both nationalist press outlets and government spokespersons touting these military operations as proof of Beijing’s will and readiness to go to war over Taiwan. Amid these provocations, Republic of China (ROC) military planners in Taiwan have continued their efforts to upgrade the island’s defense capabilities, through both indigenous weapons development and the purchase of advanced weapons systems from abroad. Some of the most prominent steps taken in this direction over the past two years have been the purchase of 66 F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft from the United States in 2019; the commencement of an indigenous diesel submarine program; and the April 2021 commissioning of the indigenously built amphibious transport dock Yushan (玉山), a 10,600 ton, multi-mission amphibious ship intended for service with the ROC Navy.
Partners in Disaster Relief: Taiwan, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States
By: Robert D. Eldridge
In March, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement on disaster cooperation at the close of the forum on “Partners in HADR: Awareness—Resilience—Action.” The statement on partnering in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) was issued on the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011 and took approximately 20,000 lives. While the joint statement largely flew beneath the radar screen of the international media, this was a momentous step that could be consequential not only for Taiwan’s international space but also substantially benefit the region as well.
By: Christina Lin
NATO's Pivot Towards the Quad: Implications for Taiwan
At a recent NATO foreign ministers meeting, the United States and European countries agreed to step up cooperation in order to address the impact of China’s military rise on alliance security. At the same time, Taiwan is also increasingly seeking to expand its ties with the Quad grouping, which consists of the United States, Australia, India, and Japan. In response, the group is exploring a “Quad plus Taiwan” format in the Indo-Pacific region, while European countries are simultaneously considering joining a “Quad Plus” framework that overlaps with the “NATO Plus” framework.
By: Michael Mazza
Internationalizing Security in the Taiwan Strait
Relations among the United States, Taiwan, and China have often been described as a triangle. It is difficult to discuss any particular dyad—US-Taiwan, US-China, or Taiwan-China—without at least recognizing the presence of a third side. This framing has always been an oversimplification, but it is a useful one, perhaps no more so than when considering the security domain. US-Taiwan security ties exist largely due to China’s threat to Taiwan. American policies significantly shape cross-Strait security dynamics. American and Chinese mutual threat assessments are driven in large part by each country’s posture vis-à-vis Taiwan. A time may finally be coming, however, when it will be appropriate to retire the triangle metaphor.
Post Biden-Suga Summit: Time for Japan to Move Boldly on its Taiwan Policy
By: Tosh Minohara
As if still repenting for its invasion of China proper more than 84 years ago, postwar Japan has always possessed a certain soft spot toward China. One can make a strong claim that it was Japan’s massive technology transfer and capital infusion in lieu of formal reparations that laid the groundwork for the eventual rise of China. Japan was also the sole G7 nation not to impose sanctions on China in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
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